With landlord-tenant issues near the top of list in complaints reported to the state Bureau of Consumer Protection, the agency has some tips for students planning to live off-campus in the fall.
Spokesman Brock Bergey says the excitement young people have in getting their first apartment may cause them to overlook what could be problems down the road. Therefore, he suggests looking closely over the potential property for damage and be sure the appliances, plumbing and smoke detectors work.
Upon moving into new property, be sure to fill out the inspection report provided by the landlord within seven days, Bergey says. If the damage is not properly reported then the tenant could be on the hook for repair costs upon moving out. He suggests keeping a copy of the report along with photographs of the apartment.
Bergey says during the course of the lease “communication is key” in the tenant-landlord relationship.
A complete renters’ guide is at the agency’s website.